West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association Outline

The West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association is dedicated to foster industrial development and promote trade in Western Japan by presenting industrial products, for example, from overseas and Japan. Moreover, by inviting and supporting conventions in Kitakyushu City, the association aims at invigorating the region’s economy and promoting its culture to contribute to Japan’s sound economic development.
At every exhibition fair, trade show and international meeting, let alone conferences and sports event, our highly experienced and hospitable staff offers to support organizers in making successful conventions.

Corporate name West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association
Address 3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-0001

*Kitakyushu International Conference Center
3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-0001

Business description
  • Organises, invites and supports trade shows, exhibitions of domestic and foreign industrial products.
  • Invites and supports all kinds of conferences, events and sports events.
  • Administrates and manages the West Japan Exhibition Center (Main Building and Annex) as well as the Kitakyushu International Conference Center.

*We hold various enterprises such as the very distinctive Japan Woman Haiku Contest, the Hi-vision Shogi Tournament, including various industry exhibitions like the West Japan Machine, Tool and Industry System Fair and the Eco-Technology Exhibition (Environment Industry Exhibition).


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Major enterprises hosted by the association

The West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association independently plans trade shows and exhibition meetings for all kinds of industries. As a host, we also manages them with the aim to promote various industries and help develop the region.
Moreover, by hosting a wide variety of sports and cultural events or networking events of various nature, the association actively promotes culture and invigorates exchanges in West Japan.



There are discounts for all the facilities listed below.

A “convention rate” applies if the number of people staying surpasses 30 people. A price reduction of 10~45% can be obtained from the normal rate. (As of October 2009, there are 17 facilities at the city center)
For more information, please contact us.

【ADDRESS】1-1-1,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】2-14-2,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
ASANO HOTEL 【TEL】+81-93-521-3366
【ADDRESS】2-9-6,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Comfort Hotel Kokura 【TEL】+81-93-512-8311
【ADDRESS】2-6-21,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】1-3-6,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】1-4-11,komemachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
HOTEL HARMONIE CINQ 【TEL】+81-93-592-5401
【ADDRESS】12-3,ohtemachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】1-2-1,bashaku,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
HOTEL NEW TAGAWA 【TEL】+81-93-521-7000
【ADDRESS】3-46,furusenbamamachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】2-11-2,nishikaigan,moji-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Mojiko HOTEL 【TEL】+81-93-321-1111
【ADDRESS】9-11,minatomachi,moji-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】11-20,konyamachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【ADDRESS】2-17-31,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
KOKURA RECENT HOTEL 【TEL】+81-93-581-5673
【ADDRESS】1-1-17,daimon,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
SHOHAKUEN HOTEL 【TEL】+81-93-511-2228
【ADDRESS】4-1-25,kamitomino,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
【Accommodation Booking】
JTB Corp. Kyushu Kitakyushu branch
Nishitetsu Travel Co., Ltd. Kitakyushu branch


Attractive features of the convention

Conferences & conventions in Kitakyushu City!

Kitakyushu, the gateway to Asia, is separated from Honshu by the Kanmon Straits. From ancient times, the city was blessed with both a rich natural environment and culture and has developed as a key junction for trade. In present days, the tradition is passed on as access to the convention is of utmost importance.
Thanks to the opening of the 24-hour operating Kitakyushu Airport, access has become especially convenient with early and late flight routes to the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Direct access from JR Kokura station’s North Exit – a 5-minute walk – and the concentration of all its facilities make the International Convention the perfect location for large-scale conventions. The biggest attraction lies in the fact that hosting fees are very reasonable compared to those the Tokyo metropolitan area or the main domestic cities. We will support in various ways the convention by finding support for the organization of your meetings, conferences, events, haiku contests, trade fairs and exhibitions, by undertaking various planning and dispatching volunteers.

The International Convention Zone

In Kitakyushu, the North exit area of JR Kokura station, the Kitakyushu International Conference Center, the West Japan General Exhibition Center, hotels, commercial facilities are all concentrated in the “The International Convention Zone” which represents the perfect location for a large-scale convention.
JR Kokura station is located just 30 minutes away from Kitakyushu Airport and with the Shinkansen, JR trains and the municipal monorail, access is extremely convenient. The station is also linked to every convention facilities by a pedestrian deck which allows for easy access.


Support for the organization of academic conferences and special meetings

For conventions or meetings exceeding the capacity for Kyushu, a subsidy of up to 10,000,000 yen can be made available.
*The amount of the subsidy is to remain within 30% of the organiser’s expenses.
Convention Rate
For accomodation of more than 30 participants, a 10-45% discount off the basic accomodation fee applies. (There are 17 facilities as of October 2009)
Accomodation fee when visiting the premises
Accomodation is paid for by the association. A tour of every convention facility can also be arranged upon request.
  • Introduces conference halls, exhibition halls and hotels and prepares cost estimates
  • Introduces agents/suppliers related to the convention
  • Liaises with government organisations
  • Plans post convention activities
  • Introduces the charms of local arts
  • Organises volunteers at the convention
  • Provides congress bags, tourist pamphlets, and access maps
  • Provides welcome coupons, souvenirs (only for foreign visitors)
  • Provides coupons for visiting the city sights (discount coupons for cultural facilities in the city)

*All things provided are free of charge


Main Convention Facilities at the center of Kitakyushu City


Information on industrial tourism

Here you’ll find information on industrial tourism under the form of excursions organized in conjunction with all kinds of events and academic meeting.

Kitakyushu city is the birthplace of Japan’s steel manufacturing. Since the opening of the government-operated Yahata Steel Plant in 1901, it has played an important role in the modernization of Japan.
The essence and structure of the current industry is changing. Internal reforms from a once “basic material industry” towards a “high-value added processing industry” are being implemented and accumulated technologies are about to merge with the latest technologies.
Thanks to the co-operation of Kyushu’s representative enterprises, there is an industrial tourist system in place where it is possible to see for oneself what the actual state of the industry is. Spend an enjoyable time familiarizing yourself with the industry.


To exhibitors (organizers)

The West Japan General Exhibition Center

The West Japan General Exhibition Center Annex boasts 8,000 square meters (86,100 sq. ft.) of open floor space, the Main Building 7,000 square meters (75,340 sq. ft.), and AIM 3F and the medium hall 1,400 square meters (15,060 sq. ft.) to meet the needs of the exhibitors. The facilities allow to hold flexible full-scale trade shows and exhibitions to attract visitors.
The annex is suitable for varied special events of large scale. It can be arranged in ways that could not be realized before. High-quality conventions can therefore freely be organized.
Another attractive feature is the possibility for the annex and the medium hall to be converted to three sizes (large, medium-size, small) to one’s goals with high-tech specifications.
Moreover, with its history and past accomplishments the main building occupies an indisputable position as pioneer among all facilities.
The slogan at every facility is to “develop new businesses and networks ”